Today, I’m going to share with you the books that changed my understanding of just how significant our diet is in regards to our health. I’ll give a full review on three of the books, with other reviews to come later.
And to keep things upfront, I want you to know that if you buy any of these books by clicking the links on this page, I’ll get 4-6% of the price — but that doesn’t affect your cost at all, and it helps keep this blog viable! So if you decide to do that, thanks! (But feel free to buy local, too!)
“The truth about losing weight, being healthy and feeling younger”
“A regeneration program to prevent and reverse accelerated aging”
Both by Diana Schwarzbein, MD
I read these books in the 1990’s, and they were my first introduction to the idea that the low-fat high-carb diet which had been recommended to the public for the past few decades was in fact causing some of our diseases. The first book focuses mainly on heart disease, the second on Type 2 Diabetes, and how an unhealthy diet ages you faster.
I appreciate that she: 1. doesn’t promise a quick easy fix; and 2. doesn’t recommend an extremely low-carb diet, but instead a balanced diet with the amount of carb determined by how active or sedentary your lifestyle is.
The first book includes some recipes and suggested diet plans.
How these books helped me:
Got me off the low-fat, high-carb, hungry-all-the-time cycle. Which made a difference in my mood and energy within one month, and in three months, helped me lose eight pounds (with zero exercise).
Also and more significantly, they helped me understand how carbs, fat and protein affect the body, mind, and overall health on a molecular/chemical level. < THIS WAS SO HELPFUL AND LIFE-CHANGING!
“A practical guide to an anti-inflammatory, low-irritant, nutrient-dense diet for IBS and other digestive issues”
by Aglaee Jacob, MS, RD
“An evidence-based, holistic, cutomized nutritional approach. Learn about FODMAPs, SIBO, non-responsive celiac disease, food sensitivities and more.”
This book is thorough — almost to its detriment. I appreciate that she has a careful, thoughtful approach, not being quick to slap a one-size-fits-all solution on all digestive issues. But it can be a little overwhelming, because similar symptoms may have very different causes requiring very different treatments.
If you know for certain what your food-related issue is and just need specific advice, this is a great resource. Or if you don’t, but you’re ready to wade through lots of information and are motivated to do some testing on your own, this could be helpful for you, too.
In this book, the author explains:
– The basics of digestion; what fats, proteins, and carbs are and what they do; gut flora and why it’s so important; intestinal permeability and leaky gut
– GI infections, IBS, food sensitivities, gluten, FODMAPs, SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), Celiac disease, GERD, constipation, and more
– The Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the GAPS diet, ancestral diets, developing your own customized diet
– Potential irritants (don’t worry; she’s not saying everyone should eliminat all of these!): gluten, fructans, fiber, dairy, legumes, nuts, seeds, refined oils, nightshades, yeasts, molds, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods
– Nourishing foods and other healing solutions
How this book helped me:
Between this book and Chris Kresser’s website, I discovered that one of my problems was SIBO, and have found significant relief with minor changes to diet and food timing.
Other books I recommend; reviews to come:
The Paleo Cure, by Chris Kresser
It Starts With Food, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig